In A Handful of Dust
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Series: Not A Drop to Drink #2
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Release Date: September 23, 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Lucy’s life by the pond has always been full. She has water and friends, laughter and the love of her adoptive mother, Lynn, who has made sure that Lucy’s childhood was very different from her own. Yet it seems Lucy’s future is settled already — a house, a man, children, and a water source — and anything beyond their life by the pond is beyond reach.
When disease burns through their community, the once life-saving water of the pond might be the source of what’s killing them now. Rumors of desalinization plants in California have lingered in Lynn’s mind, and the prospect of a “normal” life for Lucy sets the two of them on an epic journey west to face new dangers: hunger, mountains, deserts, betrayal, and the perils of a world so vast that Lucy fears she could be lost forever, only to disappear in a handful of dust.
In this companion to Not a Drop to Drink, Mindy McGinnis thrillingly combines the heart-swelling hope of a journey, the challenges of establishing your own place in the world, and the gripping physical danger of nature in a futuristic frontier.
First Sentence: Maddy died hard.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
There wasn’t any doubt at all that I was beyond excited to read In A Handful of Dust. With the strong OH MY NOOOO THAT JUST DIDN’T HAPPEN RIGHT?! feeling Not A Drop to Drink left me with, I needed some answers in my life and I just wanted more. More, more, more. Imagine my extreme happiness when I managed to get my hands on an ARC of In A Handful of Dust. Yes, there was flails, shrieks, and even some jumping involved. And fine, yes, there was some hugging involved too. As expected, I really enjoyed reading In A Handful of Dust so much that I just want MORE. MORE. MORE. (See a pattern starting to emerge here?)
“I thought I could do it, for a while, you know? It was like I was going on an adventure, and I could jam all the scared parts down inside me and look forward to the end of the road. But now I’ve seen new things and most of them bad.” (ARC 157)
First of all, what has Mindy McGinnis got against romance?! It happened in Not A Drop to Drink and now this. It’s like Mindy doesn’t want any romance to last long in her books. I can’t say anything else because of spoilers, but UGHHH.
Okay, moving on. Just like when she was in Not A Drop to Drink, Lynn is as strong as ever. I constantly found myself admiring her and her stubborn will, not to mention her deadly killing skills. Those of you who have also read Not A Drop to Drink know exactly what I’m talking about. In A Handful of Dust is about Lucy and even though she isn’t as strong as Lynn, she grows and learns a lot throughout the book. Lucy wasn’t as fun to read about as Lynn was, but she stands out in her own way.
I was constantly making faces at In A Handful of Dust – there were just so many “ew” moments that I had to. I am not that squeamish – I mean, this is coming from the girl who watched every single episode of Criminal Minds, is obsessed with Deadly Women, Dateline, Women Who Kill, Snapped, and watched The Ring in the dark without getting a little bit scared. It is not easy to make me squirm, but In A Handful of Dust managed to do that to me multiple times. In fact, I’ve said “ew” or thought ew or even made a face at the book so many times that I had lost count. In A Handful of Dust made me that squeamish.
It wasn’t long before a million tiny cuts from the brittle shale had sliced open Lucy’s hands, never deep enough to draw blood. Dirt filled them quickly, bringing with it a persistent itch she didn’t start scratching for fear of never stopping. Her fingernails bent backward, most of them snapping clean off as she dug… (ARC 219)
Before I’ve read In A Handful of Dust, I’ve seen people say that In A Handful of Dust is a companion novel and not a sequel to Not A Drop to Drink, with additional reassurances from the author. However, after reading In A Handful of Dust, I think it’ll be better if you actually read Not A Drop to Drink first before you read In A Handful of Dust. In A Handful of Dust talks about some events that had happened in Not A Drop to Drink and yes, you can continue to read on without being confused, but I think it’ll be a better reading experience for you guys if you actually did read Not A Drop to Drink before you read In A Handful of Dust. You don’t have to, but I think it’ll give you a better reading experience for In A Handful of Dust if you do. The plus side is, you’ll definitely enjoy reading Not A Drop to Drink too.
I’m not completely sure about this, but I think I found a plot hole in In A Handful of Dust, or something that just doesn’t logically make sense. I can’t say anything because of spoilers, but if you’ve also read In A Handful of Dust and want to know what I’m talking about, just contact me and we can talk.
There isn’t any doubt that I want, no, need a sequel to In A Handful of Dust. I just want MORE. MORE. MORE. I need more answers. Please let there be a sequel. Please let there be more.
And you guys don’t even have to ask me about this – I definitely recommend In A Handful of Dust. Duh. And also read Not A Drop to Drink while you’re at it. You can thank me later.